Sunday, February 22, 2009

Venice (22 Sep to 24 Sep 2008)

As Salzburg was cold and time was also running short, we decided to skip Zurich and Milan and instead go straight south to Venice. Again we decided to use toll free roads and the GPS again took us along scenic routes up the mountains. I have no idea where we travel but we do reach Venice at around 6.00pm. In Venice we decided to stay at camping ground as parking is expensive and hotel on Venice itself is also expensive. We stayed at camp Fusina which has their own ferry services to take us across which cost only 20 euro for 3 days of unlimited used.

The route from Salzburg to Venice took us through this mountainous road. As you can see, there are snows on the mountains.

Finally in Venice.

Riding on the gondola don't have to be an expensive affair. Its a short ride, i.e. just across one of the bigger canals, and cost only 1 euro. Well, you still have the experiece of riding on a gondola.
St Mark square. This is where most of the tourist crowd. Wow, its so crowded even off season. And look at the pigeons here, they are bold and will come to hand if you have bread on it.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Salzburg (21 Sep - 22 Sep 2008)

Salzburg is just about 3 hours drive from Vienna. We left Vienna about 8 in the morning and reach Salzburg before noon. Check into the hotel and book ourselves the Sound of Music tour. I guess you know that the Sound of Music was filmed here. I love Salzburg and the place is peaceful and serene. And it got new town and old town. We are staying in the new town and across the river, within walking distance is the old part of town. Most of the activities are in the old town. There is a big square full of shops and at the same time, since we are there on Sunday, there is a flea market as well as fun fare going on.

Across the lake is one of the house used for the filming.
The gazebo in the film. Its locked so we can only see from the outside
Red Bull headquarters. We pass this when the tour took us on a scenic view on the mountains roads. It all glass and surrounded by water. Look very impressive

Must try original strudels.

Vienna (20 Sep - 21 Sep 2008)

Leaving Prague in the late morning and arrive at Vienna around 1.00pm. It was drizzling and since we planned to stay for only one night, there was no time to loose. After checking into the hotel, grab some lunch and we went to Vienna town itself. Got some brochures from the hotel and asking the front desk how to reach the centre itself. Fortunately by the time we reach Vienna town, it has stopped raining. We walked around the city looking for the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus but couldn't find any. It look like a dead town with few people around and its Saturday. I wonder whether there is somewhere, something is going on. Anyway, we explore the town ourselves and almost always end up at the Karlplatz church and that is also our landmark to go back to the hotel.

Karlplatz church in the background

Roses in someone's garden. Look like roses still blooming in Autumn
Honesty the best policy.
Everywhere you see that they put the newspaper in a plastic bag and you just drop the money on the board above. I wonder can you do that in Malaysia!